For centuries, families have gathered together at Christmas time to sing carols. The lyrics of these tunes are commonly remembered despite not hearing the carol for several months. The lyrics are popular, but do you know the stories behind them? Didn’t think so…..
Rudolph in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” almost had huge headlight eyes instead of a red nose to guide Santa’s sleigh. The composer thought kids were more apt to make fun of a red nose than big eyes.
Dick Smith wrote the words for “Winter Wonderland” while recovering from tuberculosis in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Australians have their own version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” where all of the animals are replaced by wildlife from down under.
“Do You Hear What I Hear” was inspired by the Cuban Missile Crisis.
“O Holy Night” was the second piece of music to ever be broadcast on radio, in 1906.
In “Up on the Housetop,” Santa brings one of the kids a hammer and tacks. Another child gets a whip.
Elvis recorded “White Christmas” in 1957. Composer Irving Berlin tried to get it banned from the radio.
Gemini 7 astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell asked to have “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” played for them while they were in orbit in 1965.
The original lyric for “Silver Bells” was actually “Tinkle Bells,” inspired by a tiny bell on the desk of composers Livingston and Evans.
In November 2011, “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” was turned into a video game for Nintendo DS and Wii. In the game, Kris Kringle has to deliver presents to the children of Sombertown.